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Old 08-13-2008, 05:45 PM
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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I've said it before, I'll say it again. A lot of recycling is a scam to get people to work for free (cleaning bottles and cans). E-cycling seems to take it to a new level of depravity.

"Under the pretence of recycling, NHS computers have been dumped in Ghana, where their hard drives are mined of your confidential data by criminal gangs... while children die melting down the highly toxic empty shells. "

The Dirty Secret of Your NHS | Mail Online
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Old 08-18-2008, 08:39 PM
Location: California, again...
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I spent the 15 minutes it takes to read the article....

I think I may be sick.
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Old 08-18-2008, 09:30 PM
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I known this since the 90's.... they were suppose to implement new "rules" but i knew it would be a facade to continue dumping used computer "trash" over in Africa (it nets them money and no landfills to pay)... there is quite a profit of the computer equipment over there... it all started with the scam emails traced back to Africa and then they found out the computers were "recycled" computers.... That's right... from your old computers it was used to scam the world..... billions of dollars in this scam... and its getting more sophisticated...
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:39 AM
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Why am I not suprised? I thought they just crushed the boards and leached out the silver and gold using sodium cyanide or mercury.
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Old 08-27-2008, 11:14 AM
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So, what is a person to do that has an old computer to recycle? I've been looking into places to dispose of an old computer and am afraid of stuff like this.
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:56 PM
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i heard that dell does a recycling buissness
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Old 08-16-2011, 07:44 PM
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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Another company that I don't recall it's name had a big scandal last year. It was on TV, they followed the containers that were filled with the computers all the way to China were it was dumped there. This company was advertising they are green and when they had the CEO on TV he denied any knowledge of the shipment to China even when the TV person showed him the videos. My brain doesn't want to help me remember more than this, but I think the whole recycle thing is a big scam. Goodwill is advertising they recycle, not sure what they do with the machines.
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:48 PM
Location: The end of the road Alaska
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My kids bought this computer for my birthday 8 years ago. It'd probably make most of you laugh if you saw it or had to use it but I refuse to let it becme part of the toxic junk pile just because I want to update. When it dies I'll have to get rid of it but it won't be replaced. Life was fine before I had it, will be fine when it goes toast. I really do try to leave as little a footprint as possible, truth be told I won't like having to figure out how to dispose of this thing when it does go belly up.
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Old 06-23-2016, 06:26 AM
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recycling e-waste is a good idea, and e-waste is considered a hazardous waste. we have to disposed it properly. can we recycle hazardous waste the answer is YES https://hazardouswastedisposalsandie...ardous-wastes/
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